June 23 2011 04:45PM
Awesome photoshop by Annie Mae @westxnorthwest
Oh the NHL awards. The host is always dreadfully unfunny, half the players look miserable, and it's always fascinating to see what b list? c list? D list celebrities the NHL scrapes the barrel with to make an appearance/music performance. But it does bring me one of my favourite things in the world: hockey players in suits! Last night I did my best Joan Rivers impression. Let's see the results!
June 23 2011 12:51PM
What have you got ready to conjure up with those magic hands, Mike?
More wizardry? Or another Steve Bernier?
The playoffs are done and the Canucks feel one win short of ultimate glory. The awards have been presented and the Canucks were well honoured.
And now... all of a sudden... we're on to thinking about next season! Free Agency begins in 8 days and the Canucks have some issues with which to contend, starting with the fairly large list of free agents that Mike Gillis and co must either re-sign or let walk.
So ... what do they do next?
June 23 2011 10:03AM
I know the hockey world is swamped with mock drafts and top-30 lists at the moment, but I thought I’d add one more – mine. This is not a mock draft; rather, this is how I rank the players I feel are the top-30 prospects for tomorrow’s draft.
June 22 2011 12:20PM
Keith Ballard doing what he does best.
Honestly, was there anything more majestic this season for the Canucks than a Ballard hip check?
(Photo by Darryl Dyck/AP)
Keith Ballard had a tough year. Of that, there is no doubt.
Starting with off-season surgery, Ballard wasn't quite able to hit his stride in a system and role different than anything he had seen on his two previous teams. With Florida and Phoenix, Ballard was a high-minute, shut-down defenseman and thrived in that role. In Vancouver, he was a bit player on the blue line - a role into which he never did sink his teeth.
So Ballard had a rough go of it. Blocked shots, turnovers, giveaways, constant views from the press box in the playoffs, even as teammates were felled with injuries and suspensions. What do the Canucks do with Keith Ballard?
June 21 2011 05:06PM
I want to point you all in the direction of a fantastic bit of research written last week by CIS Blogger and math graduate Rob Pettapiece. Rob expands on research he did into the CHL draft and found that players born earlier in the year were more likely to get drafted than players born later in the year. He divided the players into four camps, 'Q1' through 'Q4' and concluded that, since there were 4.3 times more Q1 players drafted, there are teams that make decisions, particularly in the late rounds, based on player size and strength rather than observable skill.
"If you’re down to “projectability” at that point, rather than stats and performance, then fine, pick the tallest kid if you have no other information about them."